scenario: last weekend, word got around. in approximately 23 minutes from the time few players on the football field were referred to as (n_____'s), the whole student section knew. what less could you expect from games with low attendance (a whole other subject lol), so– after 50+ years of the african american race fighting to accuse such language used upon them as insensitivity and denounce it at all costs, the nation probably won't get ever achieve such. (take into account tamir rice, fuhrman tapes, etc. just being realistic) Racial slurs are a total combination of a man vs self, man vs man, and man vs world conflict. I mean, if we hear members of the african american race throwing around, (what becomes racially insensitive when someone of another ethnicity says it), the word n**** like another pronoun in their vocabulary in public, where do we define "crossing the line?" Of course! we can call the border line when someone who isn't african american says that word– and we can be mad– but all this stuff is our conscious choice. i guess you can say this trickles down to leading by example, and before that- trickles down to hippocracy.
problem: an african american choosing to publicly use the n-word in their vocabulary, then becoming enraged when said term is used towards their race by another race.
problem: an african american choosing to not publicly nor privately use the n-word in their vocabulary, then becoming enraged when said term is used towards their race by another race.
the problem is not: the problem here is not necessarily african american's using the n-word. this is america. it's to what extent you allow yourself to become angered over an issue which may or may not be in your control
In one case, we can call society our home, and one can claim those who avoid it– are homeless (just for the time being). How we act, and how we choose our words, all starts in the home. What we hear our parents instill in us normally becomes our values by default. In an african american home, you'll know about the slave trade, the civil rights movement, and how your ancestors died for a better life. As the largest racial minority, a census as of 2014 recorded that 27% of african american men, women, and children fall below the poverty line. there you'll find the man vs world conflict, (we aren't born with the automatic ablity to change our incomes at hand), so in an attempt to beat that conflict– the teenage african american male plays football. it just may be his way out. It is he who will be succeptible to bias, hate, and accusations until the day he dies. He doesn't use the word n****, but the other boys in his school who look like him do. But the minute he steps on the field– the other team, the other white team, calls he and three other guys n****'s. 63% of his time are african american males.
"Everyone was sort of flustered," a player has said. "Nobody knew why, or what the point was." "The team was mad, upset, and confused." we get flustered because sometimes we have to double check our facts, "did those guys really just say that?" we wonder why, because how could a white person use a word that slave masters called my great great great grandparents when they beat them to death. How could a white person use a word full of such history they will never understand. So, what is the point? It's sports. You do what you have to do to get under your opponent's skin– but if that means backtracking our history and oppression and all the false accusations because of my race in one word– yet they're not going to call the play? Then that's the point, for you to get angry, and to get mad, because it is CLEAR that seeing the african american race suffer from police brutality, discrimination, and lack of equity wasn't enough. those white players just had to drop the "n-bomb" on the field that night.
All this isn't to say there isn't error on both sides, there's just ignorance.
But why did the fight so hard this time to find justice for the 4 players who were offended this time? administration got involved within those 23 minutes of racial slurs spurring out the other team's mouth. I think we learned a lesson, that waiting 10 months to address and punish the first major account of racial insensitivity just doesn't work, and now that everyone knows what happened the first time, people in charge are racing to the scene attempting to punish the problem in a millisecond, but the kids aren't alright doesn't see the broader attempt to work backwards, and correct motives to start the problem in the first place.